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Rune Musings: Mannar Rune – The Good We See and the Bad We Don’t

Mannar – The Good We See and the Bad We Don’t

An aspect of the Mannar Rune is the reconciliation of two sides of ourselves. These are the What – the many roles a person fills, and the Who – the inner person under it all. Ideally, the What serves as an expression of the Who. Normally, what a person is or does is an expression of who they are.


What happens when the inside and outside are in conflict?

There was a woman who was very concerned that people think her a nice, pleasant, dignified person. She was very careful to maintain this image. At least, to people whose opinions she valued. Behind the facade, she was a very resentful person who carried a lot of baggage from a dysfunctional childhood. The woman had a lot of anger over long-past wrongs. Outside, she was pleasant, but inside was a monster.

The meanness worked its way out in other manners. The woman would often berate her son and add, “You are so full of hate.” She treated him worst because she knew she could get away with it. For his part, he wondered what he did that was so wrong. Yet the hate was not his, but hers. She projected her resentments and anger at those around her, accusing them of her ills.

Ironically, much of the woman’s time was spent gossiping about the faults of others. That became her reputation, which she either did not realize or found some way to ignore. Her inner conflict worked its way into visibility through gossip and backbiting. When people distanced themselves from her, she blamed them.

In another case, there was a man who did not like the way he lived. He was in the company of ne’er-do-wells, low-lifes and general miscreants. He lived at the bottom of society. The man came to the conclusion that the problem was the city in which he lived. A job came along that required traveling to different locations for a few months at a time. He took it because he thought that doing so would get him away from the city and thus end his problem.

The first location looked promising .It as a new town and while working there, he met some nice people. Things looked up for a few weeks. Then things changed. He found himself going to the same kind of places doing the same kind of things with the same kind of people he knew in the city. Blaming that town, he felt that when sent to the next location, things would improve. Things looked good for a few weeks, but again, he soon found himself in the same straits as he had been in the city. This process repeated itself at every location. The problem was not the cities and towns, but the man himself. Everywhere he went, he gravitated toward the people, places and things most like himself. The change of location did not work because wherever he went, he brought himself with him.

There is an old story that a man moved to a new town and got into a conversation with an old Quaker. He spoke of his old town. “The people there were horrible. Drunks and bums, liars and thieves. The worst kind of scoundrels.”

The Quaker replied, “And ye shall find them here, also.”

Another man overheard the conversation. he said, “I have to disagree. I lived in that same town. The people there were kind and honest and generous.”

The Quaker said to him, “And ye shall find them here, too.”

Who you are will gravitate to its equivalent . Like attracts like. Water seeks its own level, and so shall you.

In both stories we see the inner nature might be hidden, but at some point will come to the fore. The plain fact is that wearing a facade and blaming woes on others only prolongs the misery. The first step in the process is to recognize one’s true nature, for better or worse.

Things will not change. They cannot be changed until the person changes himself. A hateful person will only find new people to blame unless he or she confronts her own vitriolic spirit. An angry person will continue to create turmoil in his life until he recognizes and remedies his irate self. A mean-spirited person will be despised and avoided until he deals with the thing in himself that causes his spitefulness.

It is said that the world around you is a reflection of yourself. There is nothing esoteric or miraculous there. People gravitate to that which is most akin ot their inner selves. It is not who a person thinks he is, but who he really is that determines where he goes.

In a way, life is often like riding a bicycle. You go in the direction toward which you are looking. Change your focus to change your destination.

The Mannar Rune is the key. It is not in the outer self – the “What” of ourselves – where change must be initiated. True change begins in the “Who” of us – the inner self.


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